Pallister plans for better doctor recruitment and retention

Over 2,300 doctors have fled the province under the NDP’s watch: Pallister

A new Progressive Conservative government will take urgent steps to recruit and retain more doctors for Manitobans to improve health care.

“Manitoba is facing more doctor shortages and under the NDP we have the worst record for doctor retention in the country,” said PC Leader Brian Pallister. “We train doctors but many leave quickly for other destinations. We need to stop the revolving door created by the NDP and work collaboratively with all our stakeholders to develop a recruitment and retention plan that delivers results.”

To achieve this, Pallister announced that a PC government would:

Establish an improved doctor recruitment and retention program with a goal to have the most improved retention rates in our first term. Create a more collaborative recruitment environment that focuses on a team-based approach. Hire experts in effective recruitment processes including foreign recruitment of practice-ready doctors.

Promote hometown doctors through education in local communities. Conduct exit interviews with departing doctors to determine their reasons for leaving. Review the levels of incentives offered within the province and in other provinces and assess the impact of Manitoba’s high tax environment.

Based on reports from The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba, over 2,300 doctors have fled Manitoba since 1999 under the NDP. According to the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI), Manitoba also has the worst doctor retention rate in Canada. “Manitoba is the best place to live,” added Pallister. “We need to make sure doctors know this too.”